The Mystery Blogger Award

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I wasn’t actually tagged to do this one but I saw it on The Jouska‘s blog and decided to do it as well. Go check out her blog if you haven’t yet. It’s totally wonderful. ❤


Questions:

1. What’s your best quality?
I learn things very quickly. Once I’ve read about it or seen it once everything sticks. This has been very helpful when it comes to learning dates and statistics in history and computer programs for work. It also means that I can help others, which I love doing.

2.What’s your worst quality?
I’m terribly shy, especially in situations when I have to meet with new people. My shyness is often interpreted as being cold or uninterested, which is very far from the truth. So, people end up thinking that’s how I am as a person and I hate it. I can’t help it. I just need time to become comfortable. I’m really a nice and loving person. Ugh!

3. What’s the best excuse that you’ve ever made to get out of a meeting/event/party?
Oh, I’m totally the queen of lame excuses. Seriously, I shouldn’t even try. 😛

4. Would you rather have the ability to become invisible or have an invincible strength?
Invisibility would be a very cool ability to have! I could easily avoid things that I don’t want to do or become a really good spy. The options are limitless!

5. Are you fond of pets?
Yes, I’ve always had pets growing up. I had a budgie, tons of fish and a golden retriever. Right now, my husband and I have a beagle named Toto.


My Questions:

1. Favourite fantasy sport or game from a book or movie?
2. Name 3 items that you always need to have with you when you leave your house.
3. What item do you constantly misplace?
4. Silver or gold jewellery?
5. Aisle or window seat while on an airplane?


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The Totally Should Have Book Tag

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Thank you to the lovely Azia at The Uncharted World for tagging me. Please take the time to check out her blog, you won’t regret it ❤ I’m horrible at keeping up with tags. I see them, plan on doing them and then forget. Ugh! But I’m really happy this one was brought to my attention. It was tons of fun to answer.


Totally should’ve gotten a sequel

This is really hard! I can’t think of a standalone that needed a sequel. If I liked the book it was probably because it was complete and well imagined. If I didn’t like it well…then why would I want to read the sequel?

Totally should’ve gotten a spin-off series

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I would totally love to have a story featuring Inej as a kickass crime fighter. Or just based on any character form the Six of Crows series. Even better, can’t we just have more stories with everyone in them? A girl can always dream *sigh*

An author that totally should write more books

I loved Cassandra Rose Clarke’s Assassin’s Curse duology and as well as The Wizard’s Promise but she hasn’t released a book in a long time. I love her worlds and fascinating characters. There is hope though as she does have a few books scheduled for release this year. If you haven’t read The Assassin’s Curse then you are seriously missing out!

A character that totally should’ve ended up with someone else

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Alina totally deserved a better love interest! Mal was boring and an all around blah type of character. I would have loved to see her end up with Nikolai. He was all lighthearted and fun to her doom and gloom. Their interactions were some of my favourite in the books.

Totally should’ve ended differently

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I loved this book but would have liked a different ending for the main character. I don’t want to spoil anything but she deserved better! My poor ship! But…if it ended differently then there would’t have been a sequel.

Totally should’ve had a movie franchise

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Action, romance, political intrigue…these books seriously have it all! I would totally be first in line to see them on the big screen. 🙂

Totally should’ve had only one point of view

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Maybe if the story would have only been told from Elias’ perspective I would have liked it a lot more. I couldn’t stand Laia at all. She was whinny and made so many stupid decisions…like WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU?!?! Ugh! 😦

Totally should’ve had a cover change

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This book, along with a dozen other medieval-fantasy and historical fiction stories, have used this cover model/image on their covers. ENOUGH ALREADY!

Totally should’ve kept the original covers

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The new North American covers are alright but these are just so much better. The cover for Rebel of the Sands was one of my favourite from last year. I love how it shimmers in the light. Why do publishers insist on changing covers midway through a series? I’ll never understand it.

Totally should’ve stopped at book one

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I really enjoyed Divergent but hated the other two books in the series. BIG, MASSIVE DISAPPOINTMENTS! I’m still not over how much I hated Allegiant.


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The Happiness Tag

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Thank you to the lovely Beth at Reading Every Night for tagging me!  If you haven’t visited her blog before, do it now! She’s one of the nicest people I have met while blogging ❤ So, this tag (as the title suggests) is all about things that make me happy. Believe it or not but I find these types of tags to be really difficult. What does make me happy? Why doe sit make me happy. I’m not good at talking about myself. It makes me feel all awkward but here are some of the things that bring some sunshine into my life…


List Five Things That Make You Happy

  • My morning cup (or I should say cups) of coffee. During the week I’ll have it in my classroom before all of my students come. I’m usually at work early to avoid the rush hour traffic and the school is super quiet. On the weekends I’ll sit outside with my cup and watch my dog run around the yard. It’s nice to have those moments of rest before the rest of day sweeps you up in its non-stop march of meetings, classes, emails, etc.
  • The feeling that I get when I run makes me beyond happy. I’ve now been running (and enjoying it) for eight months. I can’t even properly explain the relief I feel when I run. It’s as if all of my stress and tension completely disappears. I feel so free!
  • Singing along to music in the car always makes me happy. I seriously have the worst singing voice, but with the windows up nobody has to hear me and I can just sing along without a care. It’s especially great after a bad day at work. 🙂
  • Friday night date night or dinners with my husband never fail to make me happy. We are both so busy during the week. Friday night is our designated “us” time. We go out for dinner, dancing or to the movies. It’s something I really look forward to each week.
  • Putting together music playlists brings me a whole lot of happiness. I like sharing music with others and having been creating them for friends and family since I was in high school. My music tastes are all of the place. I listen to a variety of music, but R&B just isn’t my thing. So, if you have any music suggestions I’d love to hear them!

List Five Songs That Make You Happy

All of these songs, no matter what, always bring a smile to my face! Click on the link to hear the song on YouTube.

  • Shape of You by Ed Sheeran (x)
  • Laura Palmer by Bastille (x)
  • Nowhere With You by Joel Plaskett Emergency (x)
  • Love at First Sight by Kylie Minogue (x)
  • Hungry Like the Wolf by Duran Duran (x)

My Tags:

Rapid Fire Book Tag

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I haven’t done a tag in a while and I saw this one on the Orang-utan Librarian. It looked like tons of fun so I naturally decided to do it myself. 🙂


eBooks or physical books?

I prefer physical books (there’s nothing like feeling the weight of it and turning the pages), but often end up reading eBooks more. It really depends on the situation as well. If I’m traveling I’m probably going to bring my Kindle to save room. I usually purchase physical books from authors I know I love. I’m totally running out of space on my shelves.

Paperback or hardback?

Hardback please! They just look so much nicer and I love how there is usually some kind of spine design when you remove the dustcover. LOVE IT!

Online or in-store book shopping?

Oooooh….I can spend hours in a bookstore but I usually spend less money. Maybe it’s because I can visually see the amount of books I want or how heavy they are? I have no idea. Online shopping is so, so dangerous! The one-click system on Amazon is made it so I just buy without thinking, especially during sales. I have a problem hahaha!

Trilogies or series?

Trilogies because a series just takes too much time. I usually give up after the third book anyway.

Heroes or villains?

I’m all for cheering on the hero of the story, but a good villain is always a whole lot of fun! The Darkling anyone?

A book you want everyone to read?

This question is really hard! There are just so many. Where do I even start? I can’t…I just can’t pick one!

Recommend an underrated book.

I can do better than just recommend one! Check out this TTT where I list ten underrated books from 2016.

The last book you finished?

Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?

Ummm…my electricity bill which I then couldn’t find, ran around the house looking for, freaked out and caused a scene only to realize that it was the paper I folded up and stuck in my book. Oops!

Used books, yes or no?

Sure! Some of the best books I received growing up were found at used book stores or garage sales.

Top three favorite genres?

Fantasy, contemporary and science fiction. Oh and graphic novels! (Yes, I know that’s four. It’s too hard to pick just three.)

Borrow or buy?

I’ll borrow books that I’m unsure about, but totally buy books by authors I adore. I have tons of amazing YA books in my classroom library and will borrow from there when my students recommend a particular title. So, I’ll do a bit of both.

Characters or plot?

Ideally both please! That’s what makes a book good. Right?

Long or short book?

Short for sure. If it’s too long I usually won’t pick it up.

Long or short chapters?

Again, short. It keeps the flow of the book going and makes me feel like I’m making a dent in the page count.

Name the first three books you think of.

The two books I’m writing reviews for and one that I’ve been trying to read for weeks now…

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I tend to read books that make me cry. Everyone needs a good cry every once in a while.

Our world or fictional worlds?

Fictional worlds for sure! I read for an escape, to be swept away by a world of kings and queens, mythical creatures, magic…

Audiobooks: yes or no?

Nope. I’ve tried but it’s just not the same.

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

YES! All of the time. I buy books a lot of the time based on their cover, which has more or less worked out well for me. If the cover is ugly I probably won’t want to read it. I’m a cover snob 😦

Book to movie or book to TV adaptation?

Book to movie adaptions are usually disappointing. There just isn’t enough time to do the complex plots properly. So…I guess TV? Even then I’m not totally sold. I’ll just stick with the book thank you very much.

Series or standalone?

I’m all for duologies now. It allows the author to further develop the world, characters, etc. without dragging it out for too long. If a series is more than three books I usually lose interest.


Tagging…

The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

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THANK YOU to Azia at the Uncharted Word for nominating me for the The Black Cat Blue Sea Award! Please visit her lovely blog. She’s a super sweet person and I really enjoy the way she writes. Be sure to check out her short stories and classic book review. ❤

According to Azia’s post, this award is “for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it, and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.”


The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Answer the three questions posed by the nominator
  3. Nominate eight other bloggers and provide them with your own three questions
  4. If any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simply does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award

Azia’s Questions:

  1. Why and when did you begin blogging? I started blogging in this past January. I can’t believe it’s almost been a year! Time really does fly. I started blogging because I obviously love books and wanted a place to discuss, rant and rave about them. I had been following bookish Twitter account for a while and had always posted reviews on Goodreads so it seemed like a logical step forward.
  2. Are there any books/places you re-read/revisit for a special occasion or season (i.e. winter/the holidays)? I don’t read books over very often. It’s mostly just Jane Austen books which I read depending on my mood. I’m a huge mood reader.
  3. Do you have more fun ranting about a book or raving about it in your reviews? Oh, it depends on the book! There have been books that have made me really angry. I find it much easier to go on and on about things I don’t like. I fangirl inside but have difficulty translating it into writing for some odd reason.

My Questions:

  1. How often do you change the design of your blog?
  2. Which book would you like to see turned into a graphic novel? Why?
  3. Have you ever dressed up like a bookish character for Halloween? If so, which one?

My Nominations:

End of Year Survey: 2016 Edition!!

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What a year! While the world has both frightened and angered me in equal amounts, reading and blogging has been a wonderful outlet for my anxiety and stress. I’m so happy that I created Rattle the Stars and can share my love for all things bookish with everyone. I cannot thank you all for visiting, liking and commenting on my posts. It means the world to me!

So, to wrap up my first full year of blogging, here is my End of the Year Survey! This survey was created by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner and is in its seventh year! It’s quite long but a great way to reflect on the past year and look forward to 2017. Happy new year!🎉

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Number of Books You Read: 118
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read the Most From: Fantasy

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1. Best Book You Read in 2016?

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2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going to Love More But Didn’t?

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 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

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 4. Book You “Pushed” the Most People to Read (And They Did)?

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 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

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 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

Kat Ross really knows how to write unique, engaging and swoony fantasy stories. I beyond loved The Fourth Element trilogy and can’t wait to see what she will come up with next! If you haven’t read The Midnight Sea or Blood of the Prophet do it NOW!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

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 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

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Yes, I love everything Leigh Bardugo and this book appears often in this post. Deal with it! 😛

 9. Book You Read in 2016 That You Are Most Likely to Re-Read Next Year?

I don’t really re-read books…I will skim through parts if I’m looking for something in particular but it’s very rare for me to actually sit down and read a book again and again. The only exception are the Harry Potter books. I must have read them at least a dozen times!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

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11. Most memorable character of 2016?

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Inej is just…I adore her so much! She’s been through so much. Literally through hell and back, but still remains loving and determined. She wants to benefit the lives of others and will stop at nothing to protect the ones she loves. EVERYTHING about Inej makes me heart burst.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

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13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

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14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 

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15. Favorite Passage/Quote From a Book You Read in 2016? 

“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.” — Leigh Bardugo (Crooked Kingdom)

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read in 2016?

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17. Book That Shocked You the Most:

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18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!):

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Kaz and Inej from Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom! I will love these two forever and ever. ❤

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship of the Year:

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I loved the friendship between Ada and Corinne! They would do (and often did) anything to help each other. This book totally put their friendship before anything else and didn’t involve a plot line where there was backstabbing, a love triangle or boyfriend stealing. Ahem!

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 from an Author You’ve Read Previously:

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21. Best Book You Read in 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY on a Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

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22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

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There’s just something about Luka that I just love. My heart bled for him in the novella Iron to Iron. I really need to pick up Blood for Blood to find out what happens to this loveable marshmallow.

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

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24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

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25. Book That Put a Smile on Your Face/Was the Most FUN to Read?

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26. Book That Made You Cry or Nearly Cry in 2016?

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27. Hidden Gem of the Year?

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The Fourth Element trilogy was amazing. Seriously, check it out!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

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29. Most Unique Book You Read in 2016?

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30. Book That Made You the Most Mad?

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?

There have been so many wonderful blogs that I’ve discovered this year, but the ones I have enjoyed visiting the most have been: Freedom Library, That Bookshelf Bitch and Reading Every Night.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?

That would definitely be my review for Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I was beyond excited to recieve a physical ARC of the book and devoured it in one day. Best of all? The book exceeded my expectations and I cannot wait for the sequel.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I haven’t written many discussion posts (something I would like to do more of in 2017), but I am quite proud of my Twitter & Blogging post from this past July.

4. Best event that you participated in?

I joined my first ever street team, Knights of Whitechapel, in support of Stalking Jack the Ripper. I also completed my first readathons (ARC August and Bout of Books) which were a huge challenge for me due to work commitments. I’m looking forward to doing more in 2017.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?

That would be finally starting this blog. Yay for almost one year of blogging! I lurked around bookish Twitter and visited blogs for ages but was so scared to start doing it myself. What if nobody read my reviews? Visited my blog? This year has been fantastic. 🙂

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

For me it would be balancing the time spent working on the blog with work/life commitments. Also, trying to ignore stats or followers. It becomes so consuming if you don’t remember why you are blogging. Of course it’s wonderful to have people reading and liking posts, but that wasn’t why I started Rattle the Stars.

7. Most popular post this year on your blog?

Strangely enough, my Top Ten Tuesday post on April 19th received the most views this year. I don’t think there was anything special about it, but I do appreciate all of the comments and views it received.

8. Post you wished got a little more love?

I’m very proud of my bookish playlists for Six of Crows, Outlander, Stalking Jack the Ripper, The Wrath and the Dawn and Rebel of the Sands. I haven’t done one in a long time, but I adore them to bits.

9. Best bookish discovery?

Probably the best (or worst if you are my bank account) discoveries this year have been the book inspired candle stores I found on Etsy. My personal favourites are Novelly Yours, From the Page and The Melting Library.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get to in 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

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2. Book You Are Most Anticipating for 2017 (non-debut)?

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3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

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4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?

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5. One Thing You Hope to Accomplish Or Do in Your Reading/Blogging Life in 2017?

There are tons of things! I would like to redesign the blog, finally create a tag (I’ve been wanting to for ages and have tons of ideas) and write more discussion posts.

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend to Everyone:

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A to Z Bookish Survey Tag

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I saw this tag on ThriceRead (a fantastic blog that I highly suggest you check out) and decided it looked like a lot of fun to do. So….let’s do this!


AUTHOR YOU’VE READ THE MOST BOOKS FROM:

It’s a 3-way tie between Leigh Bardugo, Juliet Marillier and Michelle Moran. I just can’t get enough of their books! ❤

BEST SEQUEL EVER:

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CURRENTLY READING:

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DRINK OF CHOICE WHILE READING:

Coffee or tea. It depends on the time of day.

E-READER OR PHYSICAL BOOK?

It really depends. I’m not picky because a book is a book, but there is nothing better than physically holding a book in your hands. Plus, with so many now coming with beautiful designs at the start of each chapter, maps, etc. the physical book is so much better.

FICTIONAL CHARACTER YOU PROBABLY WOULD HAVE ACTUALLY DATED IN HIGH SCHOOL:

Mmmmm…that’s a hard one! Probably Logan *swoon* from Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn. He was just so darn adorable and sweet…PERFECT!

GLAD YOU GAVE THIS BOOK A CHANCE:

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HIDDEN GEM BOOK:

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IMPORTANT MOMENT IN YOUR READING LIFE:

Discovering the Harry Potter series changed my opinion on reading and books. Before it had been something I was forced to do in school, but after reading the Philosopher’s Stone I couldn’t get enough of magical worlds, the suspense and adventure. I was hooked on reading!

JUST FINISHED:

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KINDS OF BOOKS YOU WON’T READ:

I won’t read horror (I’m a HUGE scaredy cat), erotica or anything about math/business (zzz….).

LONGEST BOOK YOU’VE READ:

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All 912 pages of it! The sequel, which I’ve had on my TBR for years, is a whopping 1,168 pages!

MAJOR BOOK HANGOVER BECAUSE OF:

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NUMBER OF BOOKCASES YOU OWN:

I currently have 2, but I need a lot more! I have books piled up everywhere and it hurts my heart that they don’t have a proper home. My husband is really into woodworking so I’m praying that he finally makes the bookcases he’s been promising me.

ONE BOOK YOU HAVE READ MULTIPLE TIMES:

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PREFERRED PLACE TO READ:

Curled up on my bed with a cup of coffee or tea. Since I’m in my room, no one will bother or distract me.

QUOTE THAT INSPIRES YOU:

“Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.” – Ann Landers

READING REGRET:

That I still haven’t started Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I’ve been saying that I am going to read it soon for months now. Lies! In 2017 I AM TOTALLY MAKING IT HAPPEN!

SERIES YOU STARTED AND NEED TO FINISH (ALL BOOKS ARE OUT IN SERIES):

I’ve read the first two books in The Mortal Instruments series and have the third sitting on my shelf, but I just haven’t picked it up. I’m honestly not sure why. I really enjoyed them! Maybe I’ll get back to them in 2017.

THREE OF YOUR ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOKS:

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UNAPOLOGETIC FANGIRL FOR:

ANYTHING by Leigh Bardugo. THE WOMAN IS AMAZING!!!! I’ve been collecting Grisha/Six of Crows related bookmarks, candles, prints…whatever. I also have several copies of her books in different languages because the covers are just so darn pretty.

VERY EXCITED FOR THIS RELEASE MORE THAN ALL THE OTHERS:

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Rebel of the Sands was one of my favourite books of 2016. It totally took me by surprise. I just loved the characters, the setting…just EVERYTHING! Plus, just look at that gorgeous cover. *swoons*

WORST BOOKISH HABIT:

Buying more books than I have room for? Not finishing the books I have and buying more? Purchasing a book solely based on the cover? I seriously have a problem! 😛

X MARKS THE SPOT. START AT THE TOP LEFT OF YOUR SHELF AND PICK THE 27TH BOOK:

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YOUR LATEST BOOK PURCHASE:

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ZZZ-SNATCHER BOOK (LAST BOOK THAT KEPT YOU UP WAY LATE):

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Since I wasn’t tagged, I won’t be tagging anyone either. Still, this tag is tons of fun and if you do plan on doing it I would love to see your answers!